The Question …
In Major League Baseball, what is the maximum number of pitches that can be thrown to a batter, in one official at-bat, whithout walking, striking out, or hitting a foul ball?
Star Tracking …
May 4, 2001
The magic show continued in Collinsville Thursday night as the seemingly impervious West Lauderdale Knights overcame a deficit in the seventh inning yet again to defeat the Greene County Wildcats 6-5 and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Class 3A South State Championship series. On this night, Van Wilson provided the heroics in the bottom of the seventh, singling hard to left field to score Josh Snider and Knights' starting pitcher Todd Doolittle for the tying and winning runs. Perhaps it was fitting that Doolittle crossed the plate for the game-winner. The usually solid starter began the playoffs throwing two no-hitters before being touched up for five runs on 11 hits by the Wildcats (27-11).
Meridian's Sanduan Dubose entered Thursday night's Class 5A South State championship matchup with Hattiesburg sporting a .471 batting average and a 16-game hitting streak. In fact, Dubose had hit safely in 32 out of 38 games this season. However, he and the rest of the Wildcats faced the outstanding pitcher-catcher duo of Josh Grant and Craig Tatum. The Tigers had plans to put a stop to Dubose's streak and that they did as they rallied in the sixth inning to take an 11-5 win in the series opener.
May 4, 1997
Yousri El Mejdoubi was far from the Penn Relays Saturday morning. The Meridian Community College distance runner dominated the field in the Bonita Lakes Classic 5K Run, sprinting away from the starting line and winning in a time of 15:07. El Mejdoubi, a native of Rabat, Morocco, said he simply used the event as a training session for the NJCAA Outdoor Championships in Odessa, Tex. set for May 15-17 where he will compete in the 1,500 and 5,000 meter events.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. For trainer Bob Baffert, the second time was the charm in the Kentucky Derby. Silver Charm put the white-haired Baffert into the Derby's winner's circle one year after a disheartening half-length loss by Cavonnier to Grindstone. Silver Charm withstood Captain Bodgit in a furious stretch drive to wint he Debry before the fourth-largest crowd in its 123-year history, and on a 50-degree day, the second-coldest since 1940.
May 4, 1992
Meridian Community College won a share of the Miss-Lou conference baseball championship by doing what it had to do Sunday, beating Delgado Community College of New Orleans in the third and rubber game of the season-ending series between these two archrivals. The 3-2 win marked the third one-run final in the past two days.The win gives Meridian the second seed in the six-team Region 23 Tournament.
The Answer …
11. A batter is up with two outs and a runner on, he has a 2-2 count, then on the fifth pitch, which is a ball, the catcher throws out or picks off the runner. (These pitches count against the pitchers pitch count.) The batter returns to the plate the next inning, with a fresh count, and on the next five pitches he gains a 3-2 count. On the next pitch he puts the ball in play.